LeBron James has reportedly reached out to Kevin Love, and said he wants the two of them to play together, reports Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
LeBron James has reached to tell Kevin Love of his desire for them to play together with the Cavaliers, front office sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 17, 2014
This news comes on the same day that reports say the Cavaliers are now willing to trade No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins in a deal for Love. It’s believed a deal centered around Wiggins would entice the Minnesota Timberwolves enough to finally move Love, who’s entering the final year of his contract.
Cavaliers coach David Blatt had said previously the team didn’t plan to trade Wiggins, but acquiring Love to put alongside James and Kyrie Irving could accelerate Cleveland’s chances of winning a championship.
With Cleveland reportedly willing to put Wiggins in a deal, and James expressing his desire to play with Love, it may place the Cavaliers as the front-runners to acquire Love. Previously, it seemed the Golden State Warriors may acquire Love, but up to this point they’ve been extremely hesitant to include shooting guard Klay Thompson in a deal. For Minnesota, that’s been a deal-breaker.
Also consider, James is only playing on a two-year contract, with an opt out after this upcoming season. FOX Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico insisted when James signed the deal, “he’s a Cav long term.”
It’s financial move, not basketball. He’s a Cav longterm. RT @elliottm_3: Why would LeBron only sign a 2 year deal?
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 12, 2014
While it likely is a financial move, as a new collective bargaining agreement is coming, and new television deals as well, the Cavaliers likely don’t want James on the free agent market again. If James wants to play with Love, it’ll likely benefit the Cavaliers to acquire him.